Chile’s Chaitén Volcano Erupts with Ash, Lava and Lightning

May 8, 2008 / No Comments

A volcano is the last place to be nearby when it erupts and after 9,000 years of slumber the awakening is obviously beyond words. Chile's Chaitén Volcano went off, spewing lava and ash 12 miles high into the air. As if the whole image wasn't terrible enough, the five-day eruption was accompanied by lightning and rain which carpeted the whole ...

What is the largest flower in the world?

May 7, 2008 / 17 Comments

For no special reason I asked myself today what is the largest flower in the world? Kids usually ask such questions so better be prepared ... image copyright mark.ringrose So, back to the answer, the biggest flower in the world is Rafflesia arnoldii a very rare flower ...

Recharge Vehicules Electriques: Self-Serve Electric Car Pools by Paris` Mayor

May 7, 2008 / No Comments

Bertrand Delanoe, the actual Paris mayor said that if re-elected he will build the "Autolib" which is a self-service electric and/or hybrid-electric car system, that will include 300 free re-charging stations in different parts of the city and 2,000 cars (electric and hybrid). This car-sharing system may be a solution that would reduce car congestion and may solve some of ...

New Film Solar Panels Holds Efficiency Record of 19.9%

May 7, 2008 / No Comments

The efficiency of a solar panel is given by the percentage of the sun's light that is being turned into electricity. The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) innovated a new thin film solar panel that just broke the world's efficiency record, reaching 19.9-percent. "The copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cell recently reached 19.9 percent efficiency in testing at ...

Oil Prices – new records over $122

May 6, 2008 / No Comments

Update:  new oil price record is $122.73 and things sure doesn't look pink. The oil prices blasted to a new record of $122.47 a barrel. Buyers were motivated by Goldman Sachs' predictions that we may see oil selling for $150-$200 prices in a couple of years and the falling dollar. A grebe is covered in oil after the Korean oil spill. Taean, ...

2008 Optibike OB1 – Hybrid Electric Bicycle

May 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

After reading about the most bike-friendly cities in the world, I came upon a bicycle by Optibike. First impressions was that it looks nice and sportier but then I found out that this is the OB1, the hybrid electric bicycle and my mind change. Going to work on a bike has never been easier, but I have to agree it's just ...

Village of Martin, grows its own food

May 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

Here is an interesting story of a Hampshire village that decided to become less dependent on supermarkets and grow their own food. Nick Snelgar a 58 years old villager got the idea in 2003 and his inspiration was the 1970s BBC sitcom where the characters where living off the land. It was never meant to boycott supermarkets but to reduce ...

Voyage to the Bering Sea, New Species of Sponge Discovered

May 6, 2008 / No Comments

During a research voyage to the Bering Sea in the summer of 2007 the guys at Greenpeace came out with an interesting discovery. A new species of sponge was found in the depths of the underwater canyons (Pribilof Canyon), a unique habitat that we don't know much about except that fishing methods like bottom trawling may destroy it. They named ...

OptiSolar to Build World’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Farm in California

May 5, 2008 / No Comments

Hayword, California based, OptiSolar are trying their best to build the world's largest solar photovoltaic farm (550-megawatt) 100 miles north of Los Angeles in San Luis Obispo County. The company will produce clean and competitively priced electricity using low profile solar panels that will be placed on ballast on the ground. Thanks to the thin-film photovoltaic technology OptiSolar doesn't need large ...

Boris Johnson is London’s new mayor

May 5, 2008 / No Comments

If you were wondering who is the new mayor of London, he's the Conservative candidate, Boris Johnson. After a fiercely battle, Ken Livingstone the guy that got the Friends of Earth “Greenest Mayor” seal of approval, lost. He was the first mayor to take radical actions which turned out to be innovative decisions: extra fees for those that entered city center ...